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the damage that he found in just four years. >> afterwards, a surprise appearance from president obama, setting the stage for his big moment tonight. rough seas. hurricane leslie gaining strength, as partial remnants of isaac reemerge in the gulf of mexico. and, oops, a building implosion goes off without a hitch until a huge cloud of debris engulfs a crowd of onlookers. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the democratic national convention with matt lauer live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza and savannah guthrie, live in charlotte, north carolina. >> and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning. good morning, i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. >> and i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, you look at that implosion video. someone clearly for got to do the old which way was the wind going? meanwhile president obama already had a lot of pressure on him with his speech tonight. now he's got a really tough act to follow after what was an enthusiastic and powerful endorsement from former
, a surprise appearance from president obama, setting the stage for his big moment tonight. >>> rough seas. hurricane leslie gaining strength, as partial remnants of isaac reemerge in the gulf of mexico. >>> and, oops, a building implosion goes off without a hitch until a huge cloud of dust and debris engulfs a crowd of onlookers. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" at the democratic national convention with matt lauer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza, and savannah guthrie, live in charlotte, north carolina. >>> and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning. good morning, everyone, i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. >> and i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, you look at that implosion video. someone clearly forgot to do the old which way was the wind going? we'll show you more of that in just a little while. >>> meanwhile, president obama already had a lot of pressure on him with his speech tonight. now he's got a really tough act to follow after what was an enthusiastic and powerful
, today is expected to be a quiet date for both president obama and mitt romney. neither candidate has any public events planned. behind the scenes, they're cramming for their first debate. chip reid is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get ready. on s
as president obama hits the campaign trail then heads to louisiana for a firsthand look at the damage left behind by isaac today. >>> firing back. the church of scientology blasts a new "vanity fair" article that claims it auditioned potential wives for tom cruise. this morning who they believe is behind the startling allegation. >>> and out of control. a driver at a monster truck rally in oregon plows over a protective barrier and into the stands. three people rushed to the hospital. what caused the accident and why that driver will not face charges today monday, september that driver will not face charges today monday, september 3rd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this labor day monday this morning. i'm natalie morales. >> i'm carl quintanilla. matt and savannah have the day off. the kickoff for the presidential race. >> the republicans had their moment last week, now it's the democrats' turn. what do they have panned for their convention in charlotte this week? what message does the president need to deliver to reconnect thursday night?
, everyone. president obama this morning condemned the overnight attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed american ambassador chris stevens along with three american members of his staff. a senior defense official tells nbc news there is no indication that any u.s. marines are among the dead or wounded. anti-american protesters have also gathered for a second day outside the u.s. embassy in cairo, egypt. the protests in both countries were apparently triggered by a privately produced american video that denounces islam. president obama has ordered increased security for u.s. diplomats around the world. >>> the white house says president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu reaffirmed their commitment to keep iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. the two leaders spoke by hour by phone. netanyahu has been urging the u.s. and other nations to set what he called clear red lines for iran. >>> chicago's school system is at a standstill for a third day as the teachers union and school district negotiators failed to reach an agreement tuesday night. the union says a dea
husband, 51 years. >>> see you back here at 9:00. >>> good morning. the race is on. president obama and mitt romney criss-crossing the nation over the holiday weekend. the republican challenger touching down in storm-ravaged louisiana, the president headed there next. will it help them sway the undecideds? >>> health scare. officials saying that some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at yosemite national park this summer may be at risk for contracting a deadly virus. >>> and eastwooding. fresh off his performance at the republican convention, movie icon clint eastwood has inspired a new phenomenon, and it's a big hit online today, saturday, september 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and empty chairs across the country have never been so happy before, ever. i mean, empty chairs everywhere are finally getting their time in the spotlight wait until the chair says something. you know who else was almost sitting next to an empty chair? >> here we go
>>> good morning. the race is on. president obama and mitt romney criss-crossing the nation over the holiday weekend. the republican challenger touching down in storm-ravaged louisiana, the president headed there next. will it help them sway the undecideds? >>> health scare. officials saying that some 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins at yosemite national park this summer may be at risk for contracting a deadly virus. >>> and eastwooding. fresh off his performance at the republican convention, movie icon clint eastwood has inspired a new phenomenon, and it's a big hit online today, saturday, september 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. and empty chairs across the country have never been so happy before, ever. i mean, empty chairs everywhere are finally getting their time in the spotlight wait until the chair says something. you know who else was almost sitting next to an empty chair? >> here we go. >> this girl right here. i don't ever want to
more years of barack obama, we're not going to have four more years of barack obama. >> the battle for the white house zeros in on ohio. >> both president obama and mitt romney will be in the same state at the same time. >> no republican has won the white house without winning the buckeye state. >> o.h. >> o.h. works every time. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad addresses the united nations today as he and his regime face ever increasing international pressure. >> israel believes you want to destroy them. you said you want to drive them from the face of the earth. >> football fans are fuming over that botched call by replacement refs. the upheld that call. >> yeah. some are calling it the worse call in the nfl history since d to play at the super bowl. >> worst touchdown ever. hail the size of tennis balls. >> the paddle boat race that teams are still talking about. >> how about a car without a driver. governor jerry brown instituted safety regulations for self-driving car. >> it came courtesy. >> is he frugal or cheap? >> cheap. >> wow. >> all that matters. >> seattle seah
. president obama heads to a rally in virginia while republican candidate mitt romney fund-raises in nevada, this as romney says the president was conceding failure when he remarked that washington can't be changed from the inside. the obama campaign responded by noting that romney made nearly identical comments back in 2007 when he also said washington must be changed from the outside. >>> american airlines customers are dealing with an increase in cancelled and delayed flights. the nation's third largest carrier blames the problems on pilots calling in sick and crew members filing maintenance requests. the pilots union, however, blames company mismanagement and old aircraft. american has cut jobs and benefits it is a reorganizes under bankruptcy protection. >>> the payoff has arrived this morning for iphone fans around the world who waited patiently outside apple stores for the new iphone 5 to go on sale. millions have already been ordered online. well, despite some well publicized glitches with the mapping software, apple is expected to ship 10 million iphone 5s by the end of the month.
making his case, president obama closes the democratic national convention with an impassioned speech, defending his first term and asking voters for four more years. >> the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> but will this morning's jobs numbers speak louder than words. >>> party over. new video this morning showing prince harry on a new mission to afghanistan. a far cry from that notorious trip to las vegas. we're there live. >>> the embrace. chris brown and rihanna share a moment at the mtv music awards. that and miley's surprising new look have a lot of people talking today, friday, look have a lot of people talking today, friday, september 7th 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to today, friday morning, i'm mauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> you were up late. great job in charlotte. it lasted late last night. >> we lappeded about 2:30 a.m. i guess forgive me if i make no sense whatsoever today. >> got an a plane and got back to the show. >> a little
, anti-american protests erupt overnight and turn deadly. >> mitt romney attacks president obama for saying you can't change washington from inside. >> millions around the world eagerly await the new iphone but there's already a problem. >> we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >>> countries bracing for muslim protests around the world. >> u.s. embassies on high alert. >> a film made in america about the prophet mohamed two cinemas have been set ablaze. >> president obama and secretary clinton have been denouncing the film. >> his slogan is yes we can, now his slogan no i can't. >> we can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. >> we'll give him that chance in november. he's going outside. >> ann romney responding to republican critics. >> what do you think of your fellow republicans? >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it, get in the ring. >> a milestone in the war in afghanistan. last of 33,000 surge troops have left the country. >> apple's new iphone 5 is on sale today. >> put your hands a
. delegates begin arriving in charlotte for the democratic national convention as president obama hits the campaign trail then heads to louisiana for a firsthand look at the damage left behind by isaac. >>> firing back. the church of scientology blasts a new "vanity fair" article that claims it auditioned potential wives for tom cruise. this morning who they believe is behind the startling allegation. >>> and out of control. a driver at a monster truck rally in oregon plows over a protective barrier and into the stands. three people rushed to the hospital. what caused the accident and why that driver will not face charges today monday, september 3rd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this labor day monday morning. i'm natalie morales. >> i'm carl quintanilla. matt and savannah have the day off. the kickoff for the presidential race. >> the republicans had their moment last week, now it's the democrats' turn. what do they have planned for their convention in charlotte this week? what message does the president need to deliver to reconnect
individuals to hurt the religious feelings of others. mitt romney pounce the. it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks, the gop presidential candidate said in a statement late tuesday. the obama campaign fired back saying it was shocked that following the deadly protests, quote, governor romney would choose to launch a political attack. >> sarah palin! >> even sarah palin joined the fray, paraphrasing a line often used to mock her. >> and can i see russia from my house. >> as a way to slam the white house. >> reporter: apparently president obama can't see egypt and libya from his house, she tweeted. a couple of things. that cairo statement by the embassy there was never approved by the state department or the white house. that said, can i tell you here, matt, officials here are just stunned that the romney campaign wouldn't even wait till daybreak before pouncing on this story considering we didn't have confirmations of the death of the ambassador and others. >> chuc
>>> good morning. race to the finish. president obama and mitt romney launch a two-month sprint to election day as a disappointing jobs report threatens to complicate the president's re-election effort. we're live on the campaign trail. >>> storm front. severe weather in the forecast today in the northeast, a day after powerful storms rumbled across the nation's midsection, killing at least four people. this as tropical storm leslie kicks up life-threatening rip currents along the east coast. >>> and speaking out. jurors in the drew peterson trial open up about the controversial hearsay evidence that led to the former policeman's conviction for killing his third wife, and his lawyers say it's a case they're willing to take all the way to the supreme court, today, saturday, september 8th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. 59 days until election. here we go, the race is on. speeches are over, balloons have dropped. it's now time for barack obama and mitt romney
and the race for white house, mitt romney and president obama are pounding the street across the nation. david gregory got a chance to sit down with romney on saturday in virginia, romney's first "meet the press" interview in three years. good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to get to your exclusive interview with romney but first i want to talk about the jobs report. it wasn't good but you wouldn't know it looking at the polls. romney continues to pressure president obama on the economy. where does that factor in? >> this is critical. if people blame president obama for the state of the economy and the state of the jobless rate, i think it's very difficult for him to prevail. the whole thrust, the whole argument of his convention was to say, i know it's bad, we're turning a corner and i need more time. i go back to bill clinton saying no president could have turned this around in four years. the argument is patience and time. if you can do that, it seems the president can take on the push from romney. >> your sit down with mitt romney, the defense department could see a budget cut unless
with the prime time speech from first lady michelle obama. we're here live. >>> republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan joins us to talk about where he thinks the presidential race is headed and chris sichl that he played fast and loose with the truth. >>> out and about. the prince makes his first public appearance since those naked las vegas pictures surfaced and poked fun at himself. but it was a cheeky 6-year-old who nearly stole the show. >>> the gentle giant, michael clarke duncan, oscar nominated star of "the green mile" died after a heart attack. tributes are pouring in from some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, september 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie in charlotte, north carolina. >> i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, republicans had their moment in the spotlight last week. starting today, down there in charlotte, the democrats will try to grab some of that spotlight for themselves. >> that's right. this conve
a total disaster. more on that ahead. >>> and battling in the battleground states. president obama and governor mitt romney taking each other on with election day just over two months away and the democratic convention fast approaching. we will go live on the campaign trail with the president. >>> plus, a pretty shocking transformation for actor matthew mcconaughey, who's lost a huge amount of weight for a movie role. he'll the latest celebrity to do it. we'll ask why favorite stars gain or lose so much weight for a role and are they putting their health at risk. >>> prince harry set to make his first public appearance since that nude photo scandal. a woman who claimed she was with him the night those infamous pictures were taken is speaking out. >> the question, is that a good thing or a bad thing. >>> new details of raid in the bin laden compound. mike viqueira has more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. . you're right. the prologue to "no easy day" is printed in today's editions of "the sun" in great britain, and the author under the pen name o
in florida got a little excited when he met president obama, gave him a bear hug and then lifted him up. doesn't the secret service frown on things like that? by the way, he's a republican. we'll talk to him this morning about what he was thinking. >> i think he did clear it with secret service, which is probably a good thing. all this week, matt, natalie and al and i will take a turn choosing the music for this show, call it the soundtrack of our lives. >> right. >> put a lot of thought into this. a lot of anxiety. >> today is yours. >> today it my day. >> good news for carpenters fans. >> but let's begin with that breaking news. public school teachers going out in strike or on strike in chicago. nbc's kevin tibbles is there. kevin, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. i'm outside the ray elementary school here in chicago where for the first time in 25 years chicago's teachers have gone on strike. this, after a frantic weekend of negotiations that went right down to the wire. after days of non-stop negotiating, the chicago teachers union made this late-night announceme
the president's name in for the nomination. last night michelle obama gave a personal plea for her husband's re-election calling him the man we can trust, saying success isn't about how much money you make but the difference you make in people's lives. she also said her most important title is mom in chief. >>> in brussels this morning, the u.s. embassy was evacuated while police and bomb disposal experts suspected one suspicious vehicle that contained a gas canister. police closed several main routes of the city and secured off the security zone around the embassy. >>> today jury deliberations began in illinois in the case of police sergeant drew peterson. he's charged with first degree murder in the death of his third wife kathleen savio, three years before his fourth wife disappeared. the defense said prosecutors offered garbage evidence in the case. >>> a new study finds many doctors may be giving up too soon when it comes to cpr. it finds giving cpr for just nine more minutes than the average amount gives patients a better chance of surviving. there are currently no clear guidelines for ho
in the ring. >> as president obama is put on defense about some of the things he did not accomplish in his first term. >>> waiting games. american airline passengers dealing with a surge in delays and cancelled flight is. are plililot deliberately slowi things down over a labor dispute? >> call me, maybe, you've heard that. you've heard it like this and this. ♪ and here's my number so call me maybe ♪ >> an entire chorus and orchestra giving "call me, maybe" a musical mikeover live on the plaza today, friday, september 21st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm willie geist in this morning for matt. savannah, i'm struck by the progression of "call me, maybe." from cookie monster to now a classical orchestra >> we've got al. doesn't it just put you in an elevated mood? >> he does. calling for more strings. >> they can't see you, al, but that's okay. >> they can't?
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
there for a second. >> the obama campaign engaging in character assassination? >> oh, sure. >> four military guards died in back-to-back suicide car bombs. >> hundreds of passengers endure a frightening landing at kennedy airport. >> a dying man's chip may lead to the final resting place of jimmy hoffa. >> a man has been arrested after posting this video showing a teenager aiming a rocket launcher. >> check this out. you can now navigate your way under water. >> do you mind if i ask you a lot of dumb american questions? >> fire away. >> that's why we say do this. >> i love polling. i love polish people. i like it. >> all that matters >> in what was his last interview, mahmoud ahmadinejad called for a new world order not dominated by western power on cbs "this morning." >> everybody who walked by there got a mad bobble head doll. >> a collector's item. >>> welcome to cbs "this morning." national football league officials are going back to work after three weeks of outrage over the replacement referees the nfl and regular refs agreed on a tentative contract. >> the lockout comes to an end tonight. je
pressure on the obama administration to take a tougher tone weeks ahead of the u.n. general election. >> israel's rhetorical red line. >> a red line should be drawn right here. >> became a literal one as prime minister benjamin netanyahu took to the u.n. general assembly with a red marker and a chart that says is iran's progress toward a nuclear weapon. >> red lines prevent war and faced with a clear red line, iran will back down. >> the prime minister's speech put in stark relief the differences between how the u.s. and israel views the threat of a nuclear iran. >> a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: while president obama says he will not allow iran to gain nuclear weapons, he hasn't publicly declared a point of no return, that boundary may action.the u.s. to take military israel cannot destroy iran's nuclear installations without u.s. military support. secretary of state hillary clinton met one-on-one with netanyahu, telling him to give diplomacy and financial pressure a chance to slow down iran's nuclear progress. >> america wants to resolve
dominated the internet and front pages of newspapers all across the country. >> even president obama is voicing his opinion on that call that decided monday's game saying it was, quote, terrible. so what will it take to get the real referees back on the field? what are the issues that led to the lockout in the first place, and who will blink first? we're going to talk about this in just a couple of minutes with this guy sitting right here, bob costas of nbc sports. >> matt, some people are so upset they are now making videos to express their frustration. take a look. ♪ i just met you ♪ that play was crazy ♪ what's his number, i'll call, it maybe ♪ ♪ it's hard to call right every replay ♪ ♪ what's his number, i'll call it may be ♪ >> spawning creativity so we'll have more on that part of the story, too. >> points out the fact that they have to do something quickly. >>> then a woman who makes it halloween every single day. wears a different costume at work each day and has done it for three years and counting. this morning she's known as dressy jessie gotten dolled up f
americans killed in libya, president obama vowed once more to hunt down those responsible. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. we will not waiver in our pursuit. >> reporter: the president says the images of besieged american embassies are a small part of a larger picture. >> let us never forget that are for every angry mob there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity and hope that our flag represents. >> reporter: since taking office mr. obama has sought to reduce tensions with the muslim world. the white house insists that the anti-american violence now sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing the deaths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: but with romney trailing in p
, president obama vowed once more to hunt down those responsible. >> those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. we will not waiver in our pursuit. >> reporter: the president says the images of besieged american embassies are a small part of a larger picture. >> let us never forget that are for every angry mob there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity and hope that our flag represents. >> reporter: since taking office mr. obama has sought to reduce tensions with the muslim world. the white house insists that the anti-american violence now sweeping the region is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> reporter: after initially taking hits for politicizing the deaths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: but with romney trailing in polls on the question of fore
obama is put on defense about some of the things he did not accomplish in his first term. >>> waiting games. american airlines passengers dealing with a surge in delays and cancelled flights, are pilots deliberately slowing things down over a labor dispute? >>> and you've heard songs like this. ♪ even like this. ♪ but never like this. ♪ an entire chorus and orchestra giving a musical makeover on the plaza, friday, september 21st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on friday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i am willie geist in for matt. i am struck on the progression from cookie monster to classical orchestra. the conductor is over there. >> we have al. doesn't he put you in elevated mood? >> calling for more strings. >> they can't see you, al, but that's okay. >> they can't? >> later maybe we'll let you conduct. we will see it live, the whole performance. >>> things are getting testy on the campaign trail. at a forum in miami, president obama acknowledged
have been pointing out. i think president obama will address that issue as well. and again, there is some concern about how the united states' relationship will evolve moving forward with libya. i think you'll hear president obama address that as well. the fact that officials in libya so far have been cooperative with the united states. i think you're going to hear very strong words from the president when he speaks in just a few minutes. >> all right, kristen. thank you. at the white house this morning. >> busy morning around here. we want to get the other top stores. >> good morning. chicago's school system is at a standstill for a third day. nbc's kevin tibbles is there with the latest. >> reporter: a third straight day of empty classrooms, parents juggling jobs and kids, picketing on the street and still no end in sight. a sea of red in chicago as thousands of striking teachers crowd city streets in a massive show of solidarity. >> we did not pick this fight. we did not start this fight. >> reporter: while days of intense negotiating have people disagrees, kids will onc
obama's 1998 redistribution comments represent what the president always believed and still believes. >> the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pull resources and, hence, facilitate some redistribution because i believe in redistribution. >> a top u.s. security official told a security panel wednesday the deadly attack in libya in which the american ambassador and three others were killed was a terrorist strike. >>> new census data shows while unemployment is too high and homeown ownership is too low, t economy is recover. >> a man was awarded for damages injured by popcorn. >> i'm happy to be on the ground. >> very close call has one police officer being called a hero. the officer pushes a woman out of the way. >> all that -- >> i'm not doing that. >> expect some delays. with that left lane -- he just got whacked. >> did you ever have a concussion? >> i don't remember. >> she doesn't need rehab, she needs a driver, this girl. >> all that matters. >> this co-host of cbs "this morning" has energy to engage the egg heads on his pbs talk show. >> who is ch
at a fundraiser and goes on offense. unearthing a video of then state senator obama sharing his views on wealth in america. we'll talk about the dueling videotapes with one of romney's top advisers. >>> nice view, now get me down, an amusement park ride malfunctions trapping people 300 feet in the air for three hours. the second time it's happened in two weeks. >>> and jon stewart and bill o'reilly get set for an october showdown on pay per view. we'll ask the professionals and you. will you pay to watch it? and who will win, today, september 20th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. i'd pay to watch. >> i like the free debates. >> it'll be fun. withless than 50 days to go to the election, mitt romney's ramping up his campaign schedule. >> he's hoping to turn the page on the controversy over his leaked remarks that nearly half of americans see themselves as victims. it's the latest in a series of stumbles that have one influential columnist using the word incompetent to
this presidential election. >> the polls show romney is trailing in most of those states. president obama's campaign is launching a new ad. we go to denver with jan crawford. >> reporter: romney is trying to get back on his economic message after what even his own advisors concede was a terrible week. he put his focus on the economy and jobs and came out swinging at the president. >> this could be the state that takes it over the edge. >> reporter: campaigning in the swing state of colorado romney is keeping his focus on the economy and his message was forceful and specific. >> they don't understand small business. i do. not because i studied, built because i lived it. you have to be in business to under how to create jobs. >> reporter: he's looking to put last week behind him. on the campaign plane sunday night to denver romney told reporter he was buckling down, rejecting suggestions the race may be slipping away. >> we just keep on battling forward with our message. i don't pay a lot of attention to the day-to-day polls. they change a great deal. >> reporter: those polls now show president obama
doesn't back down from his controversial comments while a new cbs news poll shows president obama in the lead in three key swing states. >> was jesus married? a new discovery leads to new questions. >>> camelot on camera. never before seen photos of president kennedy jackie. >> and we begin with this morning's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> my connectation is if you want to be president you have to work for everybody. >> president obama takes mitt romney to task as the gop nominee stands by his controversial comments. >> mitt romney caught on tape saying nearly half the country is dependent on government. and they think they are victims. >> we're of course talking about a campaign and how he's going to get close to half the vote. oil get half the vote. >> maybe he didn't mean it the way it sound but writing off half the electorate is not smart politics. >> the next thing i know, bam. >> millions of people along the east coast dealing with the aftermath of a wicked storm. >> from washington, d.c. to boston utility crews will be scrambling to restore electorate to thousand
-raiser critical of millions of president obama's supporters. >> there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government works believe that they are victims. >> as nbc news obtains a campaign video featuring donald trump that was cut from the democratic national convention. we'll talk about it with mr. trump live. >>> air scare. tense moments between a pilot and air traffic control at jfk airport after anonymous threats against a passenger jet. >> okay. we're surrounded by emergency vehicles. there's a reason for this. somebody's got to give us the reason, or we're going to evacuate the aircraft. you've got 60 seconds. >> we'll have the fiery exchange today, tuesday, september 18th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza >>> welcome to "today" on a busy tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. big morning in politics here. mitt romney is on defense about the comments secretly recorded at a fund-raiser in florida. we'll have more on that story straight ahead. >>> m
manipulated his deductions for political purposes. this shows he's trailing obama in some important battleground states. we'll go live to the campaign trail in just a moment. >>> if you're an apple fanatic, you're probably drooling over the new iphone now that it's out in stores. the crowds went wild on friday when it was released. while many love it, others say it has some big flaws. we'll check out some of the alternatives as well. >> still having fun? >> no. >> how about now? >> okay. >>> a cleaning crew strikes gold in nevada. not at a casino, but in a man's house. this guy recently died with only $200 in his bank account. wait until you find out what the cleaning crew discovered in his home. >>> plus, for seven years, one of television's biggest hits. just in time for election day, the cast of "the west wing" is back together again. we'll show you why. >>> but we are going to begin this morning with presidential politics. mitt romney is trying to silence his critics by releasing his 2011 tax returns. nbc's peter alexander is covering the romney campaign. he's in burlingame, cal
>> >>> good morning. impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reacti live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke
days. and overnight, president obama called the presidents of both libya and egypt to talk about the response to the violence there. >> meanwhile, flags flying at half staff at u.s. government buildings around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. i'm now overlooking cairo's famous tahrir square, where the protests were taking place. now a very different scene. there was an anti-american demonstration also clashes underway. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards
. secretary of state hillary clinton met with benjamin netanyahu. president obama was campaigning in virginia thursday, the white house said too busy to meet with the prime minister. earlier he laid down his red lines for stopping iran's nuclear program. >> this is a bomb. this is a fuse. >> reporter: netanyahu spoke a day after iran's president ahmadinejad from the same podium had called israel uncivilized zionists. netanyahu said tehran was already 70% towards getting enough nuclear fuel for a bomb and has to be stopped within months. >> if these are the facts, and they are, where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. >> reporter: president obama told the u.n. this week there is more time before iran reaches a point of no return. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> american intelligence does not yet believe iran has made the political decision to actually build a weapon. what does israel think? >> whether or not iran made the decision will become irrelevant once we can no longer
! >> as the calls get worsend tempers flair, can the fans and league take much more? >>> one-on-one, president obama on the battle over how to fix our nation's schools. >> can you really say that teachers unions aren't slowing the pace of reform? >> this morning the president's revealing answer. >>> and say it ain't so. what could be devastating news for a lot of people who love bacon. according to industry experts, a world shortage of bacon is under avoidable today, tuesday, september 25th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. we've drawn al roker because we have a plate of bacon right here. >> called in the paramedics because he basicalically passed when he heard there might be a shortage of bacon. experts say that this is a done deal, that because of the brought affecting soybeans and corn, crops, the feed for pigs has dried up, and we're going to be paying a lot of money for bacon a
leading the ceremony for the four americans killed in libya, president obama vowed to hunt down those people. >> those who attacked our people will not escape justice. >> reporter: u.s. embassies are a small part of a languager picture. >> let us not forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom and dignity that our country represents. >> reporter: the white house insists the anti-american violence is not a rejection of the president's policies. experts say the administration must walk a fine line. >> it is a very dangerous political dynamic on the ground that is fueled by the fact that the arab spring has not quickly found a very clear direction. >> after initially taking hits for politicalizing the american depths in libya, mitt romney has softened his tone. >> this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> running mate paul ryan continues to hammer the president. >> amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent, american leadersh leadership. >> and today, a close ally added more foreign public pressure.
disaster. more on that ahead. >>> and battling in the battleground states. president obama and governor mitt romney taking each other on with election day just over two months away and the democratic convention fast approaching. we will go live on the campaign trail with the president. >>> plus, a pretty shocking transformation for actor matthew mcconaughey, who's lost a huge amount of weight for a movie role. he'll the latest celebrity to do it. we'll ask why favorite stars gain or lose so much weight for a role and are they putting their health at risk. >>> prince harry set to make his first public appearance since that nude photo scandal. a woman who claimed she was with him the night those infamous pictures were taken is speaking out. >> the question, is that a good thing or a bad thing. >>> new details of raid in the bin laden compound. mike viqueira has more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. . you're right. the prologue to "no easy day" is printed in today's editions of "the sun" in great britain, and the author under the pen name of mark owen d
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